Gujarat RS poll: Sharad Yadav says Election Commission showed 'brilliant judgment'

In Gujarat Rajya Sabha Elections Spotlight On Lone Legislator From Nitish Kumar's JDU

In Gujarat Rajya Sabha Elections Spotlight On Lone Legislator From Nitish Kumar's JDU

Senior Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav today congratulated Congress leader Ahmed Patel on winning the Rajya Sabha election in Gujarat, something that had turned into a prestige battle between the top leadership of the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party. "Wish you all success in your career", he tweeted.

Yadav's Bihar tour is being viewed as a sign of his annoyance over Nitish Kumar breaking the Grand Alliance of the JD (U), RJD and Congress and joining hands with the BJP to form the government in that state.

The rift in the JD (U) seems evident now. However Chhotubhai Vasava told PTI that he voted for Ahmed Patel as the BJP had done very little for the tribals. Last month, in a shock move, Bihar chief minister Nitish left the "grand alliance" claiming his move was inspired by "conscience" as he couldn't possibly support RJD chief Lalu and his son who was deputy CM, Tejashwi Yadav, following their being named in a CBI corruption case.

Meanwhile, the JDU has sacked Gujarat General Secretary Arun Srivastava for writing to the Returning Officer over the appointment of the party's election agent when he was not directed to do so, reported news agency ANI.

Two other JD (U) MPs, Ali Anwar and M P Veerendra Kumar, also reportedly miffed over Kumar's decision, had met Yadav to express their resentment.

Yadav is on a three-day visit to eight districts in Bihar including Patna, Muzaffarpur, Samastipur, Supaul and Madhepura.

After he lost to Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav from the Madhepura Lok Sabha seat in 2014, the JD (U) had sent Yadav to the Upper House of Parliament a year ago.

Another JD (U) spokesman, Neeraj Kumar, also described Yadav's tour as a "personal" programme. "The mandate by the people was not for this", said Yadav.

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